Betina Hershey has performed in point shoes as Meg in the National Broadway tour of Phantom of the Opera, in sneakers as Anybodys in the LaScala, Italy production of West Side Story, in tap shoes with various tap companies including Peggy Spina and Jeff Edmond, in bare feet with Zvi Gotheneir at the James Joyce, in ballet slippers as Fleta in Iolanthe and Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance at City Center as a company member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and much more.

While touring, Betina found a deep love of argentine tango and lindy hop. This led to two feature films as a principal dancer (Disney's "Enchanted" and Julia Roberts' "Mona Lisa Smile") and to the improvisational world of partner dancing.

As a partner dancer, Betina has been teaching ballroom dancing at Forest Park and Fort Totten in Queens for the past five years. She has worked as a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms (as featured in the documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom") with two of her schools making it to the Winter Garden Finals. She has been flown to Bermuda and Japan to teach swing, tango, and merengue.

Betina and Shawn ... Swing Dancin'

Betina and her brother Shawn have performed at the International House, with Pat Cannon's "Foot and Fiddle Dance Company" and have been flown to Japan twice to teach and perform.

***April 29-May 6th, 2004 Shawn and I were in Tokyo, Japan teaching a swing workshop. You can go to the Tokyo swing dance website and check it out: www.impetus.ne.jp

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Sid and Betina met on the set of Mona Lisa Smile as principle dancers and hit it off immediately, sharing Argentine tango moves, Lindy styling, and lifts.


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